Sunday, November 23, 2014

Self-Control Is Inner Strength!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23) 

Every one of us has gotten angry and lost our tempers, only to regret it. Every one of us has allowed our schedules to get so overloaded that, looking back over the week, we must admit to ourselves, if we're honest, we've not stopped to pray even once. Every one of us has eaten too much, even when we swore we wouldn't. Who hasn't fought yet again the old battle with lust or greed or materialism or anger or envy?. . . 

There is an answer to this daily dilemma, a solution that is easy to identify. There is a secret to holding back. . . .

"Self-control" . . . that's the key . . . that's the answer. . . . 

The best synonym for self-control is "discipline." . . . Self-control means "inner strength." 

The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Self-control frees us from slavery. Self-control stops bad habits. It checks us. It halts us. 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

Here's a question for all of you:

How many of you have actually mastered the art of self-control? 

Self-control is by far one of the most difficult disciplines to fully accomplish. Self-control requires a separation of sorts. The separation could happen literally or figuratively. Self-control, when exercised correctly, can accomplish many positive things in our lives. 

There is a great deal of truth that self-control is inner strength. It is inner strength because it requires that we are connected with God the Holy Spirit to provide us with the inner strength needed to be able to separate us from things and/or people that will negatively impact and possibly influence us into "backsliding" from our relationship with God. My dear friends, there is obviously so much more to the topic of self-control than meets the eye. The necessary ingredient to excel in self-control is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides within us. When we fail to exercise self-control in that particular area of our lives, we sadden the Holy Spirit. With that said my friends, we must ask God for His strength to help us in this critical area of our lives so we can live victoriously, not just in word, but most importantly, in deed. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).